Oral Answers to Questions — Spain (Frontier Delays)

– in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 14th December 1964.

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Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset 12:00 am, 14th December 1964

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs if he will make a statement on the present situation with regard to delays at La Linea for persons wishing to enter Spain from Gibraltar.

Photo of Mr Geoffrey Lloyd Mr Geoffrey Lloyd , Sutton Coldfield

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs what reply the Spanish Government have made to representations about the restrictions placed on the border between Gibraltar and Spain.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs what recent representations have been made by the Spanish Government on the future of Gibraltar; and what was the nature of his reply.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs whether he has now received assurances from the Spanish Government of a return to normal conditions at the Gibraltar frontier; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Anthony Kershaw Mr Anthony Kershaw , Stroud

asked the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs what representations he has made to the Spanish Government about delays to travellers on the Gibraltar-Spanish frontier; and whether he will make a statement.

Photo of Mr Walter Padley Mr Walter Padley , Ogmore

Conditions on the Gibraltar-Spanish frontier remain as described to the House by my right hon. Friend the Colonial Secretary on 26th November. Since the reply which I gave to my hon. Friend the Member for Goole (Mr. George Jeger) on 30th November, further representations on this matter have been made to the Spanish Government, whose answer is awaited. As the Colonial Secretary made clear in his statement, we desire good relations with Spain. However, our relations cannot but be affected by the further continuation of restrictions on the Gibraltar frontier.

Photo of Mr Simon Digby Mr Simon Digby , West Dorset

How far is this affecting the position of Spaniards who earn their livelihood in Gibraltar? When does the hon. Gentleman expect to get a further official reply from the Spanish Government?

Photo of Mr Walter Padley Mr Walter Padley , Ogmore

We all hope that this matter can be brought to a speedy conclusion. I assure the House that we have left the Spanish Government in no doubt of the gravity with which we regard the situation. I hope that we shall shortly be able to make a favourable announcement to the House.

Photo of Mr George Jeger Mr George Jeger , Goole

Would my hon. Friend consider reimposing visa restrictions between Britain and Spain, particularly during the forthcoming holiday season, and perhaps instituting a six months' delay in the examination of each application for a visa?

Photo of Mr Walter Padley Mr Walter Padley , Ogmore

It would be inappropriate for me to announce any such measures today.

Photo of Mr Willie Hamilton Mr Willie Hamilton , Fife West

Would not my hon. Friend agree that the questions that have been put and the answers he has given confirm the justice of Her Majesty's Government's position in refusing frigates for the Spanish Navy?